First Drop Wines

South Australia | Barossa Valley

Our Review

First Drop Wines HQ is in the striking 'Home of the Brave' building on the southern edge of Nuriootpa in the Provenance Barossa precinct. John Retsas is the man behind the dynamic brand, with its striking wine labels and delicious wines sourced from vineyards across the Barossa, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale. There is a heavy emphasis on the 'alternative' (appropriate) varieties with Italian and Portuguese grape varieties making their savoury and delicious presence felt; of course, shiraz, grenache, cabernet sauvignon and mataro also play a role, with a contemporary slant. Exports to the US, Canada, the UK, Bermuda, Ireland, Sweden, Belgium, Latvia, Finland, Poland, Germany, Denmark, Ukraine, Singapore, Hong Kong, Greece, Norway, South Korea, Japan and NZ. -DAVE BROOKES


First Drop was born in 2004 with a desire to make wines to drink, not just appreciate. Since its inception, First Drop has been recognised and awarded for innovative winemaking and pushing the boundaries of packaging and promotion. Indeed, they led the revolution in wine packaging design in Australia, bringing personality and humour to the industry for the first time. Driven by the hugely popular ‘Mother’s Milk’ Barossa Shiraz and supported by a number of crowd-pleasing wines, the First Drop style has universal appeal. The reputation of the winery has been further reinforced by the consistent accolades bestowed across the range, including the ‘pinnacle wines’ – ‘Fat of the Land’ and ‘The Cream’ Barossa Valley Shiraz.


Shiraz, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and a host of Italian and Portuguese varieties.

Cellar Door


First Drop Wines Cellar Door & Tapas Bar at The Home of The Brave is housed within the walls of the striking 1930s-built distillery in the Provenance Barossa Precinct (previously the site of Penfold’s winery).

In keeping with the First Drop ethos of fun, food and flavour, the Cellar Door is the perfect place to experience one of the broadest tasting experiences in the Barossa, in a range of settings.


Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm Sunday 11am to 4pm

Details are correct at time of writing

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With an innovative mix of traditional and seasonal tapas, The Home of The Brave is the perfect spot for enjoying good wines, good times and serious fun with friends old and new.


Casual tapas


Wednesday to Sunday 12pm to 3pm

Details are correct at time of writing

Please check winery website for up to date details

Stockist Information

Distribution Information

National distribution in all states and territories.

International Sales Information

Export to 22 countries, contact




First Drop Wines logo
Winemaker John Retsas, Kurt Northam
Established 2004
Dozens 30 000
Vineyards (area) N/A
Viticulturist N/A
Opening Hours Mon–Sat 10–4
Address 30–38 Barossa Valley Way, Nuriootpa, SA 5355
Telephone 0488 299 233